COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's and women's swimming and diving teams are scheduled to take on Missouri State on Friday in their second meeting of the season.
The two squads swam against each other in the eight-team Show-Me Showdown on Oct. 4. The Tigers won the meet on both the men's and women's sides, but the Bears placed second.
Missouri swims against Missouri State at 5 p.m. Friday in Springfield.
"They've got a few swimmers that are every bit as good as anything that we have," Missouri coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said of the Bears. "We're swimming a short order, so that kind of nullifies our depth a little bit because there are less events. We're still a lot deeper than they are, but their three guys can spread out over six events."
In a short order meet, there are fewer events than a general meet. Rhodenbaugh approximates there will be about nine events for the men in this meet, which will have a significant impact on the outcome.
"They could win more events than we win, and we can still win the meet because we're just deeper," Rhodenbaugh said. "Or we could beat them in every event we swim against them. You don't know, because they're just that good."
Despite Missouri State's talent, Rhodenbaugh is confident in his own swimmers after the Texas A&M meet.
The No. 14-ranked Missouri's men beat A&M, but the women lost to the Aggies.
Junior Eegan Groome had two event victories in the men's meet, one in the 1,000-yard freestyle and another in the 500-yard free. He hopes this success carries over to the weekend, when he swims in the 200-yard freestyle.
"The guy who swims the 200 free has beaten me several times," Groome said of the Missouri State junior Vitalii Baryshok. "It's going to be an exciting race."
On the women's side, Missouri junior Danielle Barbiea out-swam A&M Olympian Cammile Adams in the 100-yard butterfly leg of the 400-yard medley relay event, and won the open 100 fly. Barbiea plans to continue dropping time Friday.
"It's honestly just trying to take what you learn from the last meet and apply it to this one," Barbiea said. "You go in with the mindset that you can always get 'best times' no matter what."
The only other away meet for the Tigers this season was against Kentucky and Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill. Rhodenbaugh said the team struggled getting off the bus and getting ready to swim, so they have been working and planning to make it easier this time.
"I think experience helps," Rhodenbaugh said about swimming in away meets. "Also just identifying it and getting them ready for it because they've been through it. We're calling attention to it, they need to be ready."
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